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The Ground Zero mosque has apparently split the Democratic gubernatorial ticket. Emily Miller of Human Events reports that Bob Duffy, Andrew Cuomo’s running-mate (for lieutenant governor) has come out against the project that Cuomo strongly supports. Duffy, who is mayor of Rochester, said that “the best resolution” to the emotional controversy is to make a “different decision” than building a mosque on the hallowed grounds of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Rick Lazio’s campaign issued this statement: “Andrew Cuomo’s position is so far out of touch with the people of New York, it appears his running mate Bob Duffy had to pull away from him.”

Lazio has also called on Cuomo, who is currently the state’s attorney general, to investigate the opaque “Cordoba Initiative,” the entity behind the project. Cuomo — who seems to have a pretty low threshold for investigating business enterprises – has scoffed at Lazio’s suggestion, claiming there is no “criminal case” to investigate. Of course, the AG’s jurisdiction is not limited to criminal cases, and his office has jurisdiction to oversee non-profit organizations.

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